Kathak is is one of the eight forms of classical dances of India that originated in North India.
The name Kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘katha’ meaning ‘story’ and the one who tells the stories is called ‘Kathak’. Originally when the word was coined it was called ‘Katthak’ but in modern times it has been simplified to ‘Kathak’.
Gunghroos (bells) are worn by dancers of every Indian Classical dance style but the use of ghungroos as seen in Kathak is unparallel in the world. Each and every syllable produced by Tabla or Pakhawaj is resounded with Ghungroos by Kathak dancer.
Its repertoire includes Pure dance Nritta and Expressive dance Nritya. Nritya is performed with subtle gestures and facial expressions and Nritta is characterized by fast rhythmic footwork set to complex time cycles.
The intricate footwork and the virtuous whirls and turns make the dance aggressively beautiful.
This dance style from Northern India has evolved with all the Political and cultural changes of Indian history.